I’m Mia Halton, a wedding photographer residing in Jacksonville, FL but calling many places home—the West Coast, Texas, coffee shops, and anywhere people I love are. I’ve been shooting weddings for about 4 years, but a year ago I merged my business with two best friends to start a wedding media company called Compass Wedding Collective. Together we offer both photography and videography. I feel incredibly grateful that my job is a combination of many things I love: art, raw emotion, people, travel, adventure, and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is one of the hardest journeys I’ve ever embarked on, but the reward is entirely worth it and I wouldn’t trade the work, long hours, or sacrifice for anything. I have so far to go and lots to learn, but I’m learning to enjoy to process and celebrate each little victory along the way.
1. Which lens do you use most of the time?
I use the Canon 50mm 1.2 and the Canon 85mm 1.2 equal amounts, but the 85 is by far my favorite lens. Ever.
2. How do you like to spend your time when you aren’t shooting weddings?
I find that staying active is so important not only for my physical health but also for my sanity. I’m an introvert in a family of six siblings, so to take a break from the constant hustle and bustle I really enjoy reading and writing as well. I’m also blessed to have an amazing group of friends that I try to hang out with on a weekly basis. I love that we’re all pretty different because they remind me to breath, laugh, have fun and let go from time-to-time when I get too sucked into my little business/photography world.
3. Do you have any advice for beginning photographers?
Don’t let fear of inadequecy prevent you from pushing forward. You never stop feeling like you’re not good enough and you never stop criticizing your work—no matter how long you’ve been in industry. (For the record, any photographer that feels like they’ve arrived needs to check themselves, because that kind of attitude breeds a complacency that kills the creation of good art.) Stop worrying about arriving and learn to love the process of growth. Also, find people who are great examples of what you want to be, pursue a friendship, and have a genuine desire to learn from them.
4. What would you do if you weren’t a wedding photographer?
Probably fashion or editorial photography. I can’t imagine not being in a creative field, so if I wasn’t a photographer, I would love to be something like a visual art director, journalist, or composer.
5. Who do you respect – in photography or elsewhere?
Meghan Kay Sadler for her incredible artistry, We Are The Parsons for making the crazy leap to forego social media and still SLAYING, Yan Palmer for her transparency and fearlessness in being out-of-the-box.
6. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully married with a family of my own. Definitely still in the industry, although maybe more focused on educating others and sharing the things I’ve learned over the years.
All photos by Mia Halton / Compass Collective